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Weather Announcements 

Weather Announcement

When we experience inclement weather or other emergencies, HACC may issue one or more of the following messages. Because of limited character length, our messages through e2Campus, Twitter and TV stations will provide critical and abbreviated information and direct you to visit this webpage for more details. 

Below, you will find information about:

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Weather announcement processes during COVID-19
  • Weather announcement processes before COVID-19

If you cannot find your answer below and have additional questions or suggestions, please submit the online form on hacc.edu/Coronavirus.

This information relates to questions that HACC students and employees frequently ask. We share them with you for your convenience.

  • The College’s operating schedule will be updated as needed based on weather conditions and other emergencies. In the case of inclement weather, regardless of the decision, all students and employees should use their own judgment to determine whether or not it is safe to travel. Please keep your instructors or supervisor informed.
  • Please visit hacc.edu/Weather for additional details.
  • Announcements are added to the website home page immediately. Frequently clearing the cache on your browser will allow new announcements to appear. You also can try changing browsers.
  • When classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, other HACC-related events and appointments also are cancelled.
  • When making the closing or delay decisions, we do take into consideration a number of factors, including road conditions, the condition of our parking lots and what other schools are doing. We are also sensitive to the faculty's request to hold classes when possible so that material for courses can be covered during the term. Balancing all of these concerns, we do our best to make decisions that will positively impact the largest number of students and employees.
  • The team that makes the inclement weather-related decisions is comprised of the College president, provost and other members of the Cabinet (as selected by the College president).
  • Online classes operate as normal during weather-related events. We understand this can cause unanticipated child care, work or other personal challenges. HACC asks professors to use their discretion in enforcing assignment deadlines.
  • The employee handbook addresses the College’s leave policy during inclement weather.

During the coronavirus pandemic, HACC’s campuses have remained closed. Classes are being taught through remote instruction and virtual learning, with the exception of hands-on portions of approved classes.

Therefore, if there is a weather announcement regarding campus closures, it will only affect employees and students approved to be on campus. All other remote work, remote instruction and virtual learning courses will continue as scheduled.

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of messages and thus the list is subject to change as necessary.

  • HACC campuses are closed due to inclement weather.
    • All approved on-campus day and evening labs are canceled.
    • All remote work, remote instruction and virtual learning courses will continue on a normal schedule.
  • HACC campuses are closing early due to inclement weather.
    • All approved on-campus labs beginning at ____ a.m./p.m. or later are canceled.
    • All remote work, remote instruction and virtual learning courses will continue on a normal schedule.
  • All approved on-campus day classes are canceled.
    • Employees approved to be on campus should not report to campus.
    • An update will be provided by 2 p.m. regarding approved on-campus classes scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. or later.
    • All remote work, remote instruction and virtual learning courses will continue on a normal schedule.
  • HACC will resume all approved on-campus operations and classes at 4 p.m.
    • Approved on-campus evening classes beginning at 4:30 p.m. or later will meet on a normal schedule.
    • All remote work, remote instruction and virtual learning courses will continue as scheduled.

Please Note: The College will not use a delayed-opening schedule. Students approved for the hands-on components of their course need the entire scheduled time. Therefore, depending on the amount of inclement weather, the approved on-campus courses will either be held or rescheduled. The College is building make-up days into the spring 2021 on-campus plans.

When HACC is subject to inclement weather or other emergency situations, students and employees approved to be on campus will receive notifications via the following communication methods:

The College will not be distributing e2Campus messages or calling local media stations regarding weather announcements during the coronavirus pandemic.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, when HACC’s campuses were open, the College would communicate using the following messages and methods.

Please note that this is not how we are communicating throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Please see the “Weather Announcement Process During COVID-19” section of this webpage for that information. In addition, this was not a comprehensive list of messages and thus the list was subject to change as necessary.

1. HACC is operating on a delayed schedule at all campuses.

  • Employees will report at 9:30 a.m.
  • All classes beginning prior to 7:50 a.m. are canceled.
  • Subsequent classes will start 10 a.m. and meet on a compressed schedule of 35 minutes each, per the delayed opening schedule below.
2. All day classes are canceled at all HACC campuses.
  • Day classes begin before 4:30 p.m. Evening classes begin at 4:30 p.m. or later.
  • Employees should not report to work.
  • An update will be provided by 2 p.m. regarding classes scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. or later.
3. HACC has canceled all day and evening classes.
  • Employees should not report to work.
4. HACC will resume operations at 4 p.m.
  • Classes beginning at 4:30 p.m. or later will meet on a normal schedule. 
  • Offices scheduled to be open beyond 5 p.m. will be open, and employees scheduled beyond 5 p.m. are expected to report at 4 p.m.
5. HACC has cancelled all classes beginning at 4:30 p.m. or later.
  • Employees scheduled for evening hours should not report to work.

6. HACC is closing at ______ a.m./p.m. Classes and activities beginning at ____ a.m./p.m. or later are canceled.

 
Delayed Opening Schedule
Normal Class Start Time Delayed Schedule Class Time
Classes starting before 7:50 a.m. Canceled
7:50-8:55 a.m. 10-10:35 a.m.
9-9:55 a.m. 10:45-11:20 a.m.
10-10:55 a.m. 11:30 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
11-11:55 a.m. 12:15-12:50 p.m.
Noon-12:55 p.m. 1-1:35 p.m.
1-1:55 p.m. 1:45-2:20 p.m.
2-2:55 p.m. 2:30-3:05 p.m.
3-3:55 p.m. 3:15-3:50 p.m.
4 p.m. and subsequent classes Resume normal schedule
 
Note: Classes such as labs or studios that completely span multiple time blocks will also span multiple time blocks in the compressed schedule. For example:
  • A lab that usually runs from 8-10:05 a.m. will meet from 10-11:20 a.m. under the delayed opening schedule.  
  • A lab that usually runs from 8 a.m.-11:15 a.m. will also meet from 10 a.m.-12:05 p.m. since the normal ending time does not span the entire 11-11:55 a.m. time block.


When HACC is subject to inclement weather or other emergency situations, the College community receives notification via the following communication methods:

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